About PASA (Peace & Social Action committee)

PASA meets every third Sunday at 9 AM in the Tidewater Room. Visitors are always welcome.

PASA’s Mission: To coordinate and support the congregation in its efforts to advocate, educate, organize, serve and witness for peace and social justice; to establish our church as a beacon for social action in our community. As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant to work for a democratic, peaceful, equitable and earth-friendly world. The Peace and Social Action Program is committed to empowering church members to keep this covenant.

Oct 18, “Sacred Instructions”, Sherri Mitchell, Guest Worship Leader

Sherri Mitchell will share about her experiences with racism growing up in Old Town, Maine. With Rev. Sara Hayman and Emma Macaillen.

After the service she will talk informally with us for an hour about her global work with indigenous people in various parts of the world and the link between racism and climate change.  Read more about Sherry Mitchell later in the October Newsletter.

Sun, Mar 1 & 8, Introduction to UU and UUCE, Rev. Sara Huisjen & friends

Sunday afternoons at UUCE March 1st and March 8th from 1-2:30 pm

Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism?
Do you have questions you’d like answered about the UU faith and this congregation in particular?
Are you potentially interested in becoming a new member at UUCE?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, please consider joining Rev. Sara and a several long time church members this class. Everyone is welcome.

To register, call or email Alison, Church Administrator at office@uuellsworth.org or 667-4393.

Climate Change at UUCE

PASA (Peace and Social Action Committee) and Adult RE are planning a book group on Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” which has some great ideas on how we can move forward with the challenge of climate change.  She argues that unregulated capitalism will not allow meaningful action on the climate crisis we face.

We plan to have three meetings on the book, so folks will have time to read it gradually or be able to participate even if they have to miss a meeting.  We will probably start in late January and plan to announce it to the community at large.  Several members of the Community Union want to attend.  If you think you might be interested, please let us know soon when you would like to begin.  You might be able to get the book at your local library – Ellsworth Library has a copy.

In the meantime, 350.org and Citizens Climate Lobby Maine have a presence in Bangor.  The next meeting of 350 Bangor is January 12 at 6:30 pm in Bangor, Panda Garden Restaurant.  Some of us have talked about a 350 Ellsworth.

Please contact Martha Dickinson, marthad@gwi.net, 667-5863, to sign up or for more information.

Jan 20 – Mar 3, Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am, “Grieving On the Installment Plan” (G.R.I.P).

A seven week program for caregivers is being offering starting January 20th: Grieving On the Installment Plan (G.R.I.P). For additional information, please contact Anne Ossanna at 374-5612.  Pre-registration is required; please contact church administrator, Alison Stephens, 667-4393, office@uuellsworth.org. There is no fee for this series.  Space is limited to 12 attendees.

For the caregiver of a person with a progressively degenerative disease such as Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Congestive Heart Failure or crippling Arthritis, the emotional consequences of the related incremental losses can be experienced as “grieving on the installment plan,” as the grieving process is protracted over the course of many months or many years.  As each new rung on the downward ladder of debilitation is reached and the loss of vitality and autonomy are experienced, a fresh sense of defeat and anticipated bereavement can emerge.  Professionals working with caregivers have recognized the lack of support resources available to address this specific and yet profound aspect of the caregiver’s burden.

The Grieving on the Installment Plan (GR.I.P.) Support Group curriculum was created in an effort to support caregivers of people with chronic illnesses who have unique experiences that significantly impact their lives and their respective experiences of grieving over time.  With the generous support of a grant from the Weinberg Foundation, professionals from Friendship Cottage (Anne Ossanna), Hancock County Home Care and Hospice (Rev. Sara Huisjen), and Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County (Mary-Carol Griffin) worked together to create this curriculum.

The Adult Religious Education Committee at UUCE is pleased to offer this 7 week series to members/friends of our congregation who are caregiving for a loved one.  The series will begin on Tuesday, January 20th and will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:30 am until March 3rd at UUCE.  This series is limited to 12 caregivers and pre-registration through Alison is required.  Attendees commit to attend each session.  The series will be facilitated by Anne Ossanna (Friendship Cottage), Amy Westcott (Hancock County Homecare and Hospice), and Janice Ronco (Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County).  Rev. Sara Huisjen will be available at several of the sessions for pastoral support.

As former First Lady Rosalyn Carter has said, “There are only four kinds of people in the world:  Those who have been caregivers; those who are currently caregivers; those who will be caregivers; and those who will need caregivers.”  It is our hope this interactive series will allow those caregivers who experience grieving on the installment plan to meet this challenge with improved skills, knowledge, and support.

Sun, Jan 17, Film: “Walking with the Other”, Rev, Rebekah Montgomery

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, as a companion offering to Rev. Sara’s sermon on Dr. King and his work, following the service, there will be a film showing of Rev. Rebekah Montgomery’s sermon at GA titled Walking With the Other. 

Reverend Montgomery has been Affiliate Minister to River Road UUC in Bethesda, MD since 2007, and Affiliate to AWAKE Ministries of the UUC of Annapolis, MD since 2012.  Rebekah has a BA in Religious Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, NY, and a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova SE University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Reverend Montgomery is a US Army Reserve Chaplain and was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in July of 2005 for an 18-month tour of duty.  In June 2009, she was named “Military Chaplain of the Year” and received a Distinguished Service Award from the Military Chaplain’s Association.  In 2011, Rebekah was selected for promotion to Major after seven years of service.  This promotion represents the military’s increased trust and confidence in her leadership and pastoral ability.  In addition, she contributed to the UU Military Manual, “Bless All Who Serve.”

 

 

 

 

January 2015 Religious Education Calendar

January 4th:  UU Alphabet – “J” Helen Hunt Jackson (We make the world a better place for everyone); Love Surrounds Us in ritual; Moral Tales – Welcome One and All; Riddle and Mystery – Why do bad things happen?

January 11th:  UU Alphabet – “K” Thomas Starr King (We are fair and kind to each other); Love Surrounds Us in history; Moral Tales – seeing others in awe; Riddle and Mystery – continued – Why do bad things happen?

January 18th:  UU Alphabet – “L” Lewis Latimer (We help make the world better for everyone); Love Surrounds Us in history (continued); Moral Tales – Do Unto Others; Riddle and Mystery – Is life fair?

January 25th:  UU Alphabet – “M” Lewis Allen McGee (Church is a place where we learn together); Love Surrounds Us in our search; Moral Tales – Generosity; Riddle and Mystery – How can I tell right from wrong?